Two Years After the Tsunami, Fukushima Residents Courageously Seek Justice Two Years After the Tsunami, Fukushima Residents Courageously Seek Justice
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Two Years After the Tsunami, Fukushima Residents Courageously Seek Justice

by Greenpeace

March 6, 2013

The people I've met in Japan in the two years since the devastating tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster have shown me once again how strong and determined people can be when faced with the loss of everything they know and love. http://youtu.be/MxZlcmlVrHY

"No matter how much decontamination work is conducted, it’ll soon return to the current state. 75 percent of the village consists of mountainous area. Even if the residential area and the agricultural land were decontaminated, the polluted water and particles coming from the mountains would jeopardize the work and effort," he says.

The children of Litate village have now started asking whether they’ll be able to have children when they become adults. "That’s the hardest thing I have to bear," he adds.

While they are struggling to get fair compensation, under the current liability system, TEPCO will pay only a fraction of the costs and its suppliers—GE, Hitachi and Toshiba that designed, built and serviced the reactors—are not required to pay anything for the damages.

As TEPCO was nationalized, ultimately it will be Japanese taxpayers, including evacuees, who pay the bulk of the disaster costs.

Worldwide, nuclear companies are not accountable for the risks they create or the full cost of a disaster because industry regulations were set up to protect the companies. So ultimately, the industry profits and the people end up paying.

But the Fukushima people are standing up and fighting for their rights and this in turn hardens my own determination to support them and also to work towards a future where no one has to suffer through a nuclear disaster ever again.

Kenta Sato is right, this is "not only Japan’s problem". We can change this. Together we can make the polluters pay. Check out our call to action and sign the petition.

Aslihan Tumer, Greenpeace International nuclear campaigner

Add demanding nuclear companies pay for the damage their reactors caused in the Fukushima disaster to you to-do list here.

 

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